DOGGIE DAYCARE IS AS POPULAR CHILD DAY CARE

With pets playing an even larger role in the lives of families than ever before, gone are the days where most homeowners just left Fido at home to play outside while family members traveled or went to work.  The doggie daycare industry has seen a huge uptick in popularity over the past few years as more people look for ways to entertain their pets while they travel or work.  With the entire pet industry accounting for over $58 billion in revenues in 2014, it’s no secret that Americans love their pets!  The American Pet Products Association indicates that in 2014 $4.84 billion was spent just on pet grooming & boarding alone.  In this blog we’ll outline what to look for in a doggie daycare facility and interview a local Cleveland dog trainer with ample experience as to what constitutes a safe and fun boarding facility for your dog.

 

Paul-Pollock-Sit-Means-SitWhat Does a Leading Cleveland Dog Trainer Have to Say About Doggie Daycare Facilities?

We interviewed our friend Paul Pollock who is owner of Cleveland’s own Sit Mean Sit.  Paul’s company works to provide all sorts of dog training to residents of the Cleveland area.  We asked Paul a few questions about his experience with dog boarding facilities and what dog owners should look out for when choosing a doggie daycare.

 

What red flags should you look for in a dog boarding facility?

Facilities that don’t ask for vaccinations and veterinary records could be a red flag.  Also, if a facility is not willing to show you where the dogs are staying it could mean that they’re ashamed of their conditions.  If the facility stinks where they’re willing to take you, it is likely much worse where the dogs are being kept.

 

What are some important questions to ask the facility?

What is the dog to staff ratio?

How long has the facility been in business?

What’s their protocol if a dog gets sick or injured?

Will they provide contact information for current clients?

 

How do you know you’re getting what you’ve paid for?

If the facility staff can tell you specific things about your dog it shows that they actually are getting to know your dog and aren’t just leaving him or her in their cage all day.  Also you should be able to get a sense of the staff knowledge to determine if the facility employees will be able to respond to your dogs needs.

 

What is a good size play area for small dogs, big dogs, etc..?

I would say it’s not as important as how how safe the areas are and how the dogs are being supervised.

 

At Evolution Dog Wash We Always Put The Dogs First

Just like Paul, at Evolution Dog Wash we’re committed to dog boarding facilities that provide the highest level of care to our pets.  We understand that dogs are an integral part of our families and if we have to leave them somewhere we want to make sure that the facility cares for our dogs in the best way possible.  We hope that you’ll do a bit of investigating prior to dropping your dog off at a doggie daycare facility in the future.

THE LUXURY DOG SPA TREND INVADES AMERICA!

We all need our downtime on occasion, and when it’s time for us to relax or get away, we might take a vacation to the beach or mountains, or head to the spa for a day of relaxation and pampering. But when your pooch has had enough of the ‘dog’ life, have you considered where to send your pup for a little pampering? Check out these trendy luxury pet resorts and spas with the finest of amenities that are nice enough to tempt even their guest’s human owners.

 

Chauffeur Service For Your Pup

At D Pet Hotels in New York CIty, Los Angeles, and Scottsdale, your pooch can get a ride that drops him off at the spa’s front door. But this isn’t just any ordinary ride, you can expect your dog to be riding in style in a Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Ferrari, or Bentley…you’re getting the idea here, right? Within this 10,000 square foot luxury resort and spa for pets awaits spacious furnished suites with posh bedding and flat screen TVs. During the day, dogs can work out on treadmills and agility equipment with personal trainers, snack on doggy treats, enjoy relaxing music during chill time and a photo session, and get the usual menu of spa services such as massages, thermal wraps, baths, and pawdicures.

 

Movies For Fido

Among the usual over-the-top spa amenities, Fetch Club, a posh New York dog spa offers meals prepared in their restaurant’s kitchen, and comfy organic beds on which your posh pup can relax while watching a classic canine movie in a good-enough-for-humans movie screening cave. Daytime activities at this ultra high end dog spa include weight training, personal trainers, and treadmills that include individual TVs. Yes, we are still talking about DOG spas!

 

Pet Parties Are The Latest Trend

Celebrating a special occasion? How about throwing a party for your pooch and his friends? Pussy and Pooch in various California locations offers high-end party packages for up to 10 pet friends and 25 human friends. Everyday luxuries, spa services, pet grooming, playtime, training and exercise, and dental appointments are offered alongside high end pet boutique items and specialty food that is for sale.

 

The Perfect Amenity For Your Dog Spa Business

Are you looking for ways to improve the dog spa services that you offer your clients? There are many businesses that are enjoying the appeal of the Evolution Dog Wash as it meets so many different needs. Click here to visit our website to take a look at the different types of industries that are enjoying dog washing efficiency, which allows them to increase revenues while improving their services to clients. The Evolution Dog Wash is an ideal way for just about any type of business to increase business, and the return on investment can be achieved relatively quickly.

 

Take A Closer Look At The Evolution Dog Wash Today

Contact Evolution Dog Wash today at 800-426-0760 if you have questions or would like more information. Or, if you would like take a first-hand look, find an Evolution Dog Wash near you.

PET WASH STATIONS & MORE: HOW TO UPDATE YOUR VETERINARY CLINIC

You work hard to keep your veterinary clinic clean, efficient and accommodating to all types of pets. You seek out new and innovative techniques, and you pride yourself on maintaining a high quality of care. However, sometimes you worry that your services are too narrow in focus, that you aren’t able to serve members of the community and their pets to the fullest extent possible. You also wonder if additional services like professional dog bathing systems could improve your bottom line. The short answer is yes. Here’s how.

Why You Should Update Your Veterinary Clinic

Taking the time to update your clinic shows that you care about the community. Today, people seek out clinics that feature more amenities and more services overall. They appreciate the convenience factor and like knowing they won’t have to shop around to give their pets the best care, whether for pet wash stations, grooming services, health checkups, training, daycare and more. Adding these amenities gives you a leg up on competition in the community, and it serves as a key differentiator to draw in new clients.

Additional Services

Here are additional services that could help you provide a more complete experience for your clients and pet patients.

Pet Wash Station

Presenting your clients with a commercial dog bath will bring a smile and a sense of relief. As a self-serve amenity, a dog grooming and bathing system like Evolution Dog Wash is convenient, low maintenance and revenue generating. In a busy environment like a vet clinic, you will begin earning a return on investment with every new user.

You’ll also love how Evolution models are built to last, since their aircraft stainless steel construction will serve you for years to come. There are several models to choose from, including the Evolution EZ, Evolution EZ+, Evolution PLC, Evolution Touchpad and more. Some models feature coin acceptors, Omron temperature controllers and selection buttons instead of a rotary dial. However, all models are high quality and feature a non-skid platform, countdown timer, shampoo products and a grooming dryer. To learn about financing options, click here.

Grooming

Besides regular bathing, pets need grooming services as well. While the Evolution is strictly for dogs, grooming services can and should include all species, from cats and dogs to birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and other exotics. All pets deserve pampering.

You might want to incorporate an additional room where pet groomers can operate. In such a structure, pets would come to you for treatment and to your grooming staff for polishing up. From nail trimming to ear cleaning to wing clipping and more, grooming services would be a welcome addition to your clinic.

Daycare Facility

If you have the space available, you might also consider adding a daycare facility to your clinic, with either your own staff or else independent operators who rent out part of your clinic. (Collecting rent would give you additional revenue as well.) Here, pets can play and relax after receiving minor treatment or grooming services, and your clients won’t need to worry about taking time out of their busy work day. They’ll love how their pets will be in a safe, protected environment with qualified staff who provide all the walkies and games they need.

Training Options

Adding dog training to your clinic amenities could present you with another differentiator and potential source of revenue. Training classes can focus on basic commands like sit, stay, lay down, walk on a leash and more. Classes can also focus on potty training and politeness preferences, such as waiting at the door after outdoor play sessions, not jumping on tables or couches and so on.

Are you ready to start adding even more value for your clients and their pets? Reach out to us today to learn more about adding an Evolution Dog Wash at your veterinary clinic.